Mistah Kurtz—He Bagged: McChrystal Resigns

...according to Joe Klein on CNN. No details yet.

...or maybe not. Joe Klein tweets that McChrystal has “offered” his resignation. Josh Marshall urges wait-and-see.

More unattributed speculation from the UK.

Interesting backgrounder from Juan Cole.

And here’s a rather downbeat assessment of on-the-ground consequences from Wired’s Danger Room.

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Great. Now he can run on the ticket with Palin:

Quitter/Quitter 2012

Petraeus/Geitner 2012!

Wait, I think I’m doing this wrong.

My bet—Gates or some DOD high-up called him up and notified him that he could leave through the door, or through the window.  His call.

Next stop, Fox news commentator.

More unattributed speculation from the UK.

I see Free Republic and Stormfront are still cybersquatting the Telegraph‘s comments feed.

@YAFB—Apparently, so am I. But thankfully someone at FR reminded the thread that Mattis is probably a long-shot, or at least a real bad idea:

On February 1, 2005, Lieutenant General Mattis, speaking Ad libitum at a forum in San Diego, said “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.” Mattis’s remarks sparked controversy and General Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement suggesting that Mattis should have chosen his words more carefully, but would not be disciplined.[5]

CNN now reporting McChrystal will definitely resign.  My thinking having solidified over the last few hours:  Obama should kick his butt into the stratosphere.  Or accept the resignation, whichever works.  War is not a frat party.  People are dying out there.  Do your job, take it seriously and keep your insolent crap to yourself.

From what I’ve read, there’s a ton of dissension within the military over whether or not the COIN strategy is workable or worth it in the long run. Maybe Obama should punt McC and appoint a general who is on the other side of that argument—the “it’s not worth it side.” Give that general a period of time to make an assessment and present a report. And then accept the recommendation to get the hell outta dodge. I doubt very much this will happen, but it’s the best possible choice of a sorry lot in my opinion.

Now McChrystal is saying he did not offer to resign per TPM.  Not sure why he’s still yakking to reporters.

If there was doubt before this morning that he was angling to get himself fired, I think his comments this morning that he hasn’t offered his resignation clear that up.

He is daring Obama to fire him.

I think Obama should take that dare.

Me too.

This sounds like a shit-canning to me:

At 9:51 a.m., Obama and McChrystal sat down privately in the Oval Office. By 10:21 a.m., the meeting was over.

There was apparently another meeting right after that one with top AfPak advisors, and McC didn’t attend. If that’s true, he’s toast.

If that’s true, he’s toast.

That was my feeling too since he was originally scheduled to be there but reports are he left the WH right after the meeting with Obama.

I suspect you’re right, Betty. Reconciliations and coordination of joint Rose Garden statements usually take more than a half-hour. “Enjoy your retirement, General Ripper” is the work of mere moments.

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